Data and Nutrition Information Management Consultant – UN Children’s Fund

JOB

from UN Children’s Fund

Closing date: 16 Nov 2016

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual national consultants for provision of technical assistance for Data Management and Nutrition Information support for the implementation of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) program

Background

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing severe drought resulting from below average rainfall in two consecutive seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016). The El Niño weather phenomenon of 2015-2016 has negatively impacted the agricultural season resulting in a protracted food and nutrition insecurity situation. Diminished labor opportunities in agriculture and related industries are further eroding income, rendering food prohibitively expensive among poorer households and promoting negative coping strategies. The limited livelihood options, unfavorable geo-political environment and poor food production have further exacerbated the situation. Latest results of the lean season rapid assessment (ZIMVAC May 2016) project the rural food security insecurity during the peak hunger period (January to March 2017) to reach 42% (4.1 million people), the highest prevalence estimated since 2009. In May, Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) was 4.4%, a decline from 5.7% observed in the January ZimVAC rapid assessment. Indications from the May assessment were that there is a progressive increase in the proportion of food insecure households as the consumption year nears the peak hunger period. Some districts still recorded GAM rates surpassing the global thresholds of 5% (who cut-off point for emergency response), with a further 7 districts surpassing the emergency threshold of 2% for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In correlation to the overall food insecurity situation, the assessment of January, 2016 projected that there would be an overall increase in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caseload compared to 2015 data. The Government of Zimbabwe has since declared a state of Drought Disaster, as the rapid ZimVAC assessment revealed that the number of food insecure people had almost doubled from 1.5 million in July 2015 to 2.8 million in February 2016.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been supporting the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to roll out Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programmes since 2006 and has been gradually increasing the number of facilities treating SAM under the routine programme. The national case load of the children with SAM would be more than 32,258 including the additional case load of 15 highly food insecure districts. Currently, more than 80 per cent of rural health facilities across the country are providing treatment to children with SAM. With support from Food for Peace under USAID, 240 metric tons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) has been made available for the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition during the emergency period. The Emergency Nutrition Coordination working group of Nutrition Technical Working Group (NTWG) will be used for smooth coordination with partners and ensure regular exchange of information. The existing government supplies and information management systems will be utilized as much as possible for progressive ownership and sustainability of the program. Partners will access supplies through the government channel unless the situation compels to do otherwise.

Purpose

It is with this background that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Zimbabwe Country Office, is seeking to hire a qualified Data and Nutrition Information Management Consultant to provide support for the humanitarian response in 10 targeted districts. The goal of the assignment is to provide actionable, timely information for use by UNICEF, government and other implementing partners. The consultant will support partners to collect organize and analyse data on nutrition sector coverage and programming results and then produce and share information on response results, gaps and trends with stakeholders to facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response to demonstrate results and impact.

Objective (s)

Broadly, the project seeks to provide critical lifesaving nutrition treatment care to children under five; with severe acute malnutrition in the 10 most drought affected districts of Zimbabwe. The consultant is expected to accomplish the following;

  • Work with UNICEF Program and Sector staff to establish a database for nutrition programming information that consolidates and analyses information on nutrition in a timely and efficient manner. Make this information available to facilitate planning and measure impact.
  • Maintain monthly collection, analyses and reporting of CMAM data from partners
  • Begin estimation of both geographic and programmatic coverage of programmes and produces coverage maps. Update inputs for mapping formats as needed in liaison with GIS experts
  • Routine collection of country 5Ws (who is working where, when doing what for whom)
  • Initiate and support preparation of sit-rep inputs with emphasis on the nutrition sector achievements (in terms of drawing from the 5Ws on the number of children/mothers admitted, discharged, defaulted, cured, counselled and reached)

Methodology & Expected Output

Under supervision and leadership of the Nutrition Manager the Consultant will design the nutrition data base for emergency response and implement a nutrition data management system as designed by UNICEF and its partners.

The methodologies applied to this consultancy will include but not limited to:

  • Mapping of needs and gaps in support of the identified and prioritized response needs
  • Support the Nutrition Sector with the data and information required to make programmatic decisions
  • Contribute to the preparation of the monthly humanitarian situation report
  • Strengthen routine monitoring and reporting of nutrition indicators
  • Support implementation of the Nutrition SMART Surveys for targeted districts

Major Tasks

Task: Write an inception report and prepare implementation plan for nutrition data and information management for the emergency response

Deliverable: Inception report showing work plan for the assignment period with monthly targets and milestones clearly identified

Task: Work with UNICEF and its partners to establish a database for nutrition programming information to consolidates, analyze and report information on nutrition in a timely and efficient manner

Deliverable: Monthly Activity Report

Task: Maintain monthly collection, analyses and reporting of nutrition data and information from partners.

Deliverables: Monthly Report

All deliverables should meet the expected quality as assessed by the Supervisor of the consultancy assignment.

Timeframe

The consultancy will begin on 01 December 2016 and end on 31 November 2017

Consultancy Requirements

Education and work experience

  • Degree in Computer Science/Information Technology or its equivalent.
  • Proven ability to design information management systems including mapping, collations, analysis and reporting of nutrition sector information in a user-friendly manner.
  • Basic knowledge on public health and nutrition issues an asset.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience with either the UN and/or NGO.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation

Supervision The Nutrition Manager will supervise the Data and Nutrition Information Management Consultant

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, a Technical and all-inclusive financial proposal detailing professional fees, travel related costs (for an estimated 5 field travel days per month) to email address: hararevacancies@unicef.org by 16 November 2016. To quote “Data and Nutrition Information Management Consultant” as the email subject heading.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted